All this copying of Google+ and integration with third-party services smacks of desperation and lack of vision. All these scattershot changes erode Facebook’s identity, and make the service even more complex and confusing.
Facebook appears to be very worried about its own decline. And it should be. While Facebook is still gaining members, a careful look at its growth reveals that the leading countries — the ones that were first to jump on the Facebook bandwagon — are actually abandoning Facebook.
The most recent numbers show that during the month of May, Facebook lost 6 million US users, 1.5 million Canadian users and hundreds of thousands of users in the UK, Norway and Russia.
I don’t think Facebook will die. In fact, I think the company will continue to survive indefinitely. I think Facebook will become the new Yahoo. Here’s what I mean.
It’s hard to remember now, but there was a time when Yahoo was the hottest company in Silicon Valley. Everybody knew, or thought they knew, that information portals would yield all the power and influence online.
As millions and billions of people got Internet connections, they would all need directories to help them find resources online, as well as search. Yahoo leveraged its traffic to drive usage of e-mail and a gazillion other services.
But the portal era faded away, replaced by the search era. Google rose to dominance to become the hottest Internet company in Silicon Valley.
But you know what? Yahoo is still a going concern. They still have a lot of traffic and bring in a lot of revenue.
Datamation, Mike Elgan: “Why Facebook is the New Yahoo”.